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#POLB Poolbeg Pharma – Shares Spotlight

Take a look at this issue of shares spotlight which features Poolbeg Pharma on page 14-15.

#POLB Poolbeg Pharma – Scientific Advisory Board Appointment

25 November, 2021- Poolbeg Pharma (AIM: POLB, ‘Poolbeg’ or the ‘Company’) a clinical stage infectious disease pharmaceutical company with a capital light clinical model, has appointed Professor Daniel Hoft to its Scientific Advisory Board .

Prof Hoft, M.D., Ph.D. is the Dianna and J. Joseph Adorjan Endowed Chair of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology at Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Medicine. He has been working in immunology and infectious diseases for 32 years. Prof Hoft has published over 140 peer reviewed scientific publications.

Prof Hoft will join the Scientific Advisory Board alongside Dr Elaine Sullivan and Prof Luke O’Neill and with his extensive background in infectious disease, immunology, and vaccinology, will guide the Company on its asset development programmes. Prof Hoft will also work with the Company to scout for prospective in-licencing opportunities.

Prof Hoft is heavily involved in vaccine development research, especially for pandemic influenza and tuberculosis which has seen him undertake pioneering work in T-cell targeting vaccines which is particularly relevant to the Company’s Vaccine Discovery Platform. He is Principal Investigator of the SLU’s Vaccine & Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU), one of ten US National Institutes of Health (NIH) centers, placing it among an elite group of top academic centers conducting clinical trials of novel vaccines for global protection against future pandemic challenges. Since the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic the SLU VTEU led by Prof Hoft has featured prominently in the urgent COVID-19 vaccine development and Prof Hoft is the VTEU protocol chair for a first-in-human phase I trial of a novel COVID-19 vaccine. He has received numerous awards from NIH, US Department of Defense, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is a regular advisor to the World Health Organisation.

Read Prof Hoft’s full bio on Poolbeg’s website .

Jeremy Skillington, PhD, CEO of Poolbeg Pharma,  said: “Prof Hoft is a great addition to the Poolbeg Scientific Advisory Board, joining Dr Elaine Sullivan and Prof Luke O’Neill. His expertise in infectious disease, particularly with severe influenza and vaccine development will be invaluable as we develop Poolbeg’s pipeline of assets. He will also work with the Company to scout for prospective assets to in-licence and develop. Prof Hoft is a widely respected specialist within our industry and we look forward to working with him as we continue our growth journey.” 

Prof Daniel Hoft, M.D., Ph.D., commented:

“Poolbeg has an interesting portfolio of assets within infectious disease with an exciting lead asset, POLB 001. Coupled with its unique access to 20 years’ of human viral challenge study data, means its approach has real potential in this space. I look forward to helping support the business as it develops.”

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Poolbeg Pharma Plc

Jeremy Skillington, CEO

Ian O’Connell, CFO


+353 (0) 1 644 0007

finnCap Ltd (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Geoff Nash, James Thompson, Charlie Beeson,

Richard Chambers, Sunila de Silva (ECM)



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Arden Partners PLC (Joint Broker)

John Lewellyn-Lloyd, Louisa Waddell



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J&E Davy (Joint Broker)

Anthony Farrell, Niall Gilchrist


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Instinctif Partners

Melanie Toyne Sewell, Rozi Morris, Tim Field

+44 (0) 20 7457 2020


#ORPH Open Orphan – £1.5m Contract renewal for Venn Life Sciences

Open Orphan (AIM: ORPH), a rapidly growing specialist contract research organisation (CRO) and world leader in vaccine and antiviral testing using human challenge clinical trials , announces that Venn Life Sciences (“Venn”), a subsidiary of Open Orphan, has signed a contract renewal with a major global pharmaceutical client worth £1.5m over two years.

The renewed contract will commence in January 2022, with the Venn team in Breda providing dedicated clinical pharmacokinetics (‘PK’) support to this leading global pharmaceutical client on an array of drug development programmes, to study the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs within the body.

Venn, which has been a part of Open Orphan since 2019, offers a combination of drug development consultancy, clinical trial design and execution. These combined services enable Venn to provide its clients with a complete end-to-end service on all the stages of their drug development programmes, from the early planning phase to final execution. Venn has offices in Breda (Netherlands) and Paris (France).


Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman of Open Orphan, said:  “We are delighted to see this contract renewal signed by the Venn team in Breda with a client that it has been working with since 2012. The continued support by Venn to a distinguished partner such as this demonstrates the value of Venn’s clinical pharmacokinetics offering, as part of its comprehensive offering in drug development consultancy, clinical trial design and execution. 

“Open Orphan’s strengths lie in the established relationships we have with our pharmaceutical partners and we expect to continue to develop these relationships as well as focusing on converting our existing pipeline of new business opportunities.”  

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (as implemented into English law) (“MAR”). With the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.


For further information please contact:


Open Orphan plc

+353 (0) 1 644 0007

Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman

Arden Partners plc (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

  +44 (0) 20 7614 5900

John Llewellyn-Lloyd / Louisa Waddell

finnCap plc (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 7220 0500

Geoff Nash / James Thompson/ Richard Chambers

Davy (Euronext Growth Adviser and Joint Broker)

+353 (0) 1 679 6363

Anthony Farrell

Walbrook PR (Financial PR & IR)

+44 (0)20 7933 8780 or openorphan@walbrookpr.com

Paul McManus/ Sam Allen/ Louis Ashe-Jepson

+44 (0)7980 541 893 / +44 (0) 7502 558 258 / +44 (0) 7747 515393 

Open Orphan Plc (ORPH) Directorate Changes

Open Orphan, a European-focussed, rare and orphan drug consulting services platform, is pleased to announce the appointment to the board of David Kelly as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

David has extensive orphan drug company experience both in Europe and in the USA. He was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Ireland at Horizon Therapeutics plc, a biopharmaceutical company listed on Nasdaq and headquartered in Dublin. David has an excellent combination of experience having worked in larger product focussed pharmaceutical companies and also in turning around smaller pharmaceutical companies. For example, he and his colleagues transformed AGI Therapeutics before selling it to Vidara Therapeutics which in turn was acquired by Horizon Therapeutics plc, a company with a current market capitalisation of $4.5 billion.

David also served as Senior Vice President of Warner Chilcott, a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company. While at Warner Chilcott, he led the company’s successful IPO on Nasdaq. In addition, David also held roles in Elan Corporation and KPMG.

With David joining the Board and following the completion of the Company’s acquisition of Open Orphan DAC, Tony Richardson has stepped down from the Board with effect from today. The Company would like to thank him for his service as a Director.

Professor Brendan Buckley, Chairman, Open Orphan, commented:

“We are delighted that David is joining the Board of Open Orphan. He has extensive experience in the orphan drug market and we are looking forward to having David work closely with management going forward as we seek to rapidly grow the company.”

The following additional information is provided in accordance with paragraph (g) of Schedule Two to the AIM Rules for Companies and paragraph (g) of Schedule Two of the Euronext Growth Rules for Companies:


Full name: David George Kelly

Age: 58

Current Directorships / Partnerships:  Iterum Therapeutics plc, Iterum Therapeutics International Limited, Andromeda Biotech Limited, Horizon Pharma Israel Holding Corp. Limited, Horizon Pharma Investment Limited, Horizon Pharma Ireland Limited.

Past Directorships / Partnerships (past 5 years):  Horizon Pharma GMBH, Horizon Pharma Rheumatology Limited, Horizon Pharma Switzerland GMBH, Horizon Pharma Finance S.A.R.L, Horizon Pharma Services Limited, Horizon Pharma Finance Limited, Horizon Pharma Holdings 2 Limited, Hyperion Therapeutics Ireland Operating Limited, Hyperion Therapeutics Ireland Holdings Limited, Horizon Pharma Treasury Limited, Horizon Pharma Holdings Limited, Horizon Pharma Capital Limited, Hyperion Therapeutics International Operating Limited, Hyperion Therapeutics International Holdings Limited, Horizon Therapeutics plc, Horizon Pharma Aon Limited, Horizon Pharma Trí Limited, Horizon Pharma Dó Limited.


Open Orphan Plc Tel: +353 (0)1 644 0007

Cathal Friel, Chief Executive Officer

Arden Partners (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker) Tel: +44 (0)20 7614 5900

John Llewellyn-Lloyd / Ruari McGirr / Benjamin Cryer

Davy (Euronext Growth Adviser and Joint Broker) Tel: +353 (0)1 679 6363

Anthony Farrell (Corporate Finance)

Camarco (Financial PR) Tel: +44 (0)20 3757 4980

Tom Huddart / Billy Clegg / Daniel Sherwen

Notes to Editors:

Open Orphan plc is a European-focussed, rare and orphan drug consulting services platform. The Company consists of four elements: a European clinical research organisation and consultancy; an orphan drug services business; a Virtual Rep and Data Access Platform consisting of physicians and key opinion leaders; and a Health Data Platform to partner with Patient Advocacy Groups. The Company is targeting rapid growth in one of the fastest growing sectors in the global pharmaceutical industry targeting under-supplied treatment for life threatening or very serious diseases and rare disorders.

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